Long-delayed fire station operational

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

MOUNT JACKSON — The Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Company is just a few weeks away from completing its move to a new home, according to the company’s president.

David Brinegar said the organization’s 25 active volunteers and two county fire and rescue staff members are moving fire engines and other equipment to the new facility at 6175 Main St., about a half-mile from its longtime location at 6044 Main St.

“Over the years, you have a lot of stuff that accumulates, so we’ve got to go through everything and sort it out,” he said.

The soon-to-be-former station was built in 1930 and previously served as home of Triplett Tech.

Volunteers have already started running calls from the new station, but an open house planned for April will mark the official opening.

The open house will mark the end of a 17-month building that began when Mount Jackson-based Cabin Hill Construction broke ground at the site on Oct. 1, 2014.

Initially, there had been an expectation the job would be finished by early summer 2015. But bad weather, including heavy snow and summer rain, repeatedly delayed the project.

The station features a 10,000-square-foot engine bay, a 5,000-square-foot event hall and separate locker rooms, bunks and bathrooms for men and women.

Brinegar said the total construction cost is about $2.4 million, up from the original estimate of $2.2 million.

“We’re a little bit over, but not by much,” he said.

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